Marshall Adult Education


August 25, 2006


Hello Everyone,


These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.




1.  Monday - September 4th - Labor Day - The ABE office will be closed.  No classes!


2. Consortium Staff Meeting - Saturday, September 9th.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end around 2:30 p.m.  RSVP's are due to Barb by Friday, September 1st. An agenda will follow in later updates.  If you have anything you would like placed on the agenda, please send to Barb.


3.  Time Sheets - If at all possible, I would like your time sheets on Friday, September 1st, but no later than noon on Tuesday, September 5th.  This will cover the payroll period of August 16 - 31.  Be sure that you are submitting time sheets on the 1st and 15th schedule.  DO NOT hold on to your hours for an entire month.  Remember, you can submit time sheets via email and by fax.  Our fax number is 507-537-7047. 



4.  Student contact hours/intakes/CASAS - are due in the office by September 5th.  Again, if you can get them to me by the 1st, it would be appreciated.  Attendance sheets can be done online.  Attendance/intakes & CASAS information can all be faxed.


5.   The Naturalization Ceremony (Swearing in of new citizens) is scheduled to take place in Marshall on Friday, September 29th at 1:30, at the new Marshall High School.  Please put it on your calendars if you are interested in attending.  There will be several of our students sworn in.



6.  I am e-mailing to inform you of our upcoming event at SMSU to kick-off our year-long focus: 'Poverty: One Person Can Make a Difference.' On Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm in the RA Facility, Senator George McGovern will be here to present his talk - 'Ending Hunger in Our Time.' He will be doing a book-signing afterwards. Then, at 9:00, also in the RA Facility, Kory & the Fireflies will give a free concert. The band has been working with the ONE Campaign in its mission to end poverty and have worked with Senator McGovern at several events in this regard. (I have attached the flyer for the evening)
We hope that you can join us that evening and that you will help us spread the word about this wonderful event and our year's effort to show SMSU students how they can make a difference in the world around them. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please call or e-mail me.
     Barbra Springer Coordinator for Civic Engagement Southwest Minnesota State University
7.  For instructors teaching math and science in your classrooms:  Juanita Lauritsen from has sent me a link that speaks to the Math and Science crisis or lack of these skills in the workplace.   This link can be found at


8.  The Marshall Area Financial Empowerment Collaborative has received a grant from Ameriprise Financial Community Relations.  Read the story here:
9.  An article on Analyzing Immgration in SW Minnesota has been posted on our website.  read it here.
10.  Here is a good site for preparing for the SAT.  It is a free site with many resources like streaming video, a custom study plan creator, and many practice problems.


11.  Workshop to educate foreign qualified nurses about policy change:  The International Self-Reliance Agency for Women (ISAW) will be hosting
a workshop to educate foreign qualified nurses about the recent Minnesota policy change that exempts them from the Commission on Graduates of
Foreign Nursing Schools (CGNFS) certification process. The workshop will also include information about the options nurses have for assistance, as
well as an overview of the process to obtain licensure (flier is attached).
This event will be held at the ISAW's office: Date: August 31, 2006; Time: 5:00-7:00PM; Address: 1428 Washington Ave S., Suite 202, Minneapolis, MN 55454; For more information, please call ISAW at (612) 692-8440, or e-mail
If you are interested in attending please let us know, Liliya Kosovan, International Self-Reliance Agency for Women

12.  Who's linking to us?  Here are a couple more sites that link to the Marshall ABE web site.  Check them out!

Marshall Public School has a link to Marshall Adult Basic Education.


Robinsdale Public Schools has a link to us in their ELL Language Learning section


13.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:


14.  From the Trivia Department:   Here's a site that has every college listed in the United States.


15.  Thought for the week:  In all things we learn only from those we love.  ~Johann von Goethe


16.  Tech Tip:  Improve Your Computer's Performance


Windows XP comes preset with a bunch of animations and display effects when performing routine tasks.  These effects are clever and fun to look at but they can really slow down your computer.  You can customize your computer and eliminate these animations and effects and greatly speed up your computer operations.


Let’s take a look at how you do this.

  • Click on the Start Menu and point to Control Panels and then click on System
  • Now click on the Advanced tab at the top of the System Properties window.
  • In the Performance section (at the top) click on the Settings tab.
  • Click on the Visual Effects tabThe first thing you will notice is that there are 4 options at the top of this window.  You do not want to select any of the first 3 options.  Why?  .


Well - if you let “Windows choose what is best for my computer” (the first option), you are going to get a lot of special effect and animations – ones that Microsoft engineers think are really cool – not good!  Your fast 3 ghz computer may run about as fast as an old Pentium 1.  Hmmmm.


The 2nd option – Adjust for best performance, selects all the options that are available.  Uh Oh – now your computer will run as fast an old ‘486 (remember those?).


The 3rd option, Adjust for Best Performance.  This one deselects all options.   OK – so there may be a few options that you may want to keep.


So let’s look at them.   I will be brief in my explanations – you need to try these to test whether you want these on or off.


Animate Windows when minimizing and maximizing.  This is a good one for some people because it shows where the window goes when it is minimized.  I don’t like it – I don’t need to know that - I shut it off.


Fade or slide menus into view.  Turn it on and the drop-down menus kinda fade in.  Shut it off and they snap open quickly.  I don’t like it – I shut it off.


Fade or slide ToolTips into view.  This is just like the one above except that it works with ToolTips.  The ToolTips are those little pop-up thingys when you place the mouse over an icon in a toolbar that tells you what it’s for.  I don’t like it – I shut it off


Show shadows under menus and Show shadows under mouse pointer.  This options gives your menus and mouse pointer a little 3-D look.  Give me a break – Who needs it!


Show translucent selection rectangle.  When you click and hold down your left mouse button and drag, you will see a rectangle shape being drawn.  Try this on the Desktop.  Well, this option makes the rectangle from dotted lines when disabled.  Actually, I don’t think it makes any difference whether this one is one or off – so keep it off.


Show Windows contents while dragging.  When you drag a file or folder on the desktop or within a folder, you will see the contents of the file or folder while you are dragging.  If you shut it off, you will see just an outline of the file or folder you are dragging.  I like this one – this one stays on.


Slide open combo boxes.  This one is similar to the fade menus one except it works with drop down listboxes.  Another one that is pretty much a waste – it gets shut off.


Slide Taskbar buttons.  When you have several windows (or programs) open, the open files or windows have an icon in the Taskbar.  When you turn this one on and when you close a window or program, the other icons in the Taskbar slide to the left to fill the gap.  Shut it off and there is no sliding – the gap is closed instantaneously.  Well, pretty trivial – I shut it off.


Smooth edges of screen fonts.  Fonts drawn on your screen are made of tiny dots – called pixels.  With this turned in, your fonts as they appear on the screen will appear less jaggedy – they will appear smoother.  Shut it off, they will have more jagged edges.  It’s a toss up – experiment with it – see which one you like.  I leave mine on.


Use a background image for each folder type.  Some folders use a faint background image (sometimes called a watermark) – like the My Pictures folder and the My Music folder.  Uncheck this one to not use the background image in these type folders.  Yep – I shut it off.


Use common tasks in folders.  When you open a folder, you may notice a column – called a pane – on the left side of the window.  In this pane, there are links to other helpful things relating to the folder.  If you shut this one off, you will see more panes on the left side.  I like this one – I leave it on (it’s not a pain).  Get the subtle humor


Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.  If you shut this one off, you will see a rectangle behind the text for the icons on the desktop.  Turn it on and the rectangle disappears.  It you have a busy background image, you may need to shut it off.  If you have a plain and simple background, leave it on.  It is a nice feature – makes your desktop look neat and clean.  I shut this one off.


Use visual styles on windows and buttons.  When you leave this on, you use the XP style for buttons and windows.  If you shut it off, you use the Classic style for windows and buttons.  Try them both – see which one you like best.  Since I am using the XP operating system, I leave it on – it does look cooler.


That’s it – do a little trimming – shut off things you don’t need and speed up your computer. 


Next week, a few more tips on customizing your computer.


That's it for this week!




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